Sundy Praia

São Tomé & Príncipe

A masterpiece on wild Príncipe, an island jewel off Africa’s west coast.

The work of French architect Didier Lefort, Sundy Praia is astonishingly luxurious for such a remote location. Its collection of lavish tented villas, some with private pools, are surrounded by pristine tropical forest. This is a property which manages to balance modern design and wonderful food with an immersive natural setting akin to the Lost World.

The entire place is a UNESCO biosphere, so you can swim from golden beaches, snorkel or take a boat along the coast to search for dolphins and whales. It is easy to cocoon yourself in a place so laid back it lends itself to doing nothing, but out and about there are plantations to explore and chocolate to be made (some of the world’s finest originates here) as well as wonderful interactive cooking workshops to take part in.

Take a walk through the dense jungle and listen for the chatter of tropical parrots and monkeys in the canopy above. Príncipe’s rich endemic birdlife, amphibians and plants have earned it the nickname ‘Africa’s Galapagos’.

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Praia Sundy is located on Principe’s northern coastline. To get there it’s a day time flight via Lisbon and São Tomé – but worth the journey a few times over.